Steamboat Springs Bike Trails: Explore The Outdoors

Published on 05/13/2020 by Brad Luth

Steamboat Springs, Colorado is known for being one of the best outdoor adventure spots in the country. Many of our guests come for skiing, of course, but lots enjoy biking as well. Best known for its ski slopes, our town attracts countless outdoors-loving tourists every year. Beyond the famous ski slopes in the winter months, Steamboat offers tons of summer attractions including marathons for runners, hot air balloon shows, ziplining, rafting, and kayaking in the Yampa River, horseback riding, climbing and hiking, fishing, and more.

However, some of the most attractive features that the Steamboat area has to offer are the biking trails. During the warmer months, amateur and pro bikers come from all over to experience the beautiful trails and thrilling dirt jumps that are set up throughout Steamboat Springs. Mountain biking Steamboat Springs trails cater to every type of biker or sports enthusiast, with some being more challenging than others. Dirt trails, paved trails, and forest trails can all be found in the area which offers 180 miles of trail in the warmer months. These trails range from less than two miles in length to over 25 miles long! Snow bikers can also rejoice as some of the trails are open for winter biking during the cold season.

To get a better sense of the mountain biking Steamboat Springs experience, here is an overview of the featured trails:

Beall Trail

Located on the backside of Emerald Mountain, the Beall Trail is a single-track trail that climbs all the way up the mountain, starting from the very bottom, or County Road 45. The rack passes through beautiful aspen forests as it climbs the mountainside, providing some of the best views offered in Steamboat. The trail is 6 miles long one way and is an intermediate trail.

Buckin’ Bronc

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While this trail is only a .3 miles long ride, it is one of the few advanced level trails in Steamboat. It is located at the bottom of a resort and is known for having the biggest features in the bike park. It begins with a wooden wallride, followed by a massive wooden drop. It is designed to be rollable or bootable for those who prefer to catch air. Next, the trail feeds into a massive jump line with tabletop jumps getting higher as you descend down the mountain.

The Continental Divide Trail

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The Continental Divide Trail, also known as the Wyoming Trail and Trail #1101, runs 15 miles one way. It goes from Dumont lake, near the Rabbit Ears pass, to Buffalo Pass. It starts as a double-track, but it quickly turns into a single-track. It trail passes through several high-alpine meadows with flowers in every color. The trail is considered to be intermediate, for those who love fast, but smooth rolling single-track rides. There are a few sections where you must climb.

Coulton Creek Trail

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The Coulton Creek Trail is a narrow singletrack ride that is roughly 4 miles. The trail runs off of Seedhouse road and is very narrow and steep in some places. There are not huge claims throughout the trail, but it can be looped with others in the area to make longer, more difficult rides.

Diamond Park

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Diamond Park is consistently a crowd favorite to mountain bike. It is a single-track advanced trail that is 4.5 miles long one-way. It can be an easy, rolling climb along a mountain stream with breathtaking views, or a speedy downhill track allows for hikers and bikers to feel the adrenaline rush.

Emerald Mountain

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Emerald Mountain has many trails built into the one mountain. It provides a variety of trails that lead to easy access to downtown. The trails are considered intermediate and about 40 miles long depending on how many you do at one time. The lower trails are steep and more exposed, but once you climb above 7500 feet the track becomes some of the best around. The different trails are well signed. Make sure to hit Blair Witch, Quarry Mountain, and Hudson, also known as Howelsen hill, these are great trails right near the mountain.

Fish Creek Falls

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Fish Creek Falls is an advanced trail that is around 8 miles long. The trail will take you past the Upper Falls at Fish Creek and ending at the long. For the first 2 miles of the trail, it is almost constant climbing and levels off between 9500ft and 98000 ft. There is roughly 2400 of climbing and very little freeride. This trail will be your new favorite if you are an abide mountain biker looking for a thrill.

Flash Of Gold

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Flash of Gold is an intermediate trail that is about 20 miles long. It is a pleasant two-way backcountry trail. The trail runs through the aspen forest and high-country meadows as it climbs steadily southwards through Medicine Bow Routt National Forests. At. mile 10 the trail comes out not a road near Spring Creek trail but is being extended through the forest. From this point, you can either return home via the road or ride back down the trail for the fun down-sloping ride.

Hot Springs Trail

The Hot Springs Trail is an intermediate ride that is roughly 16 miles long. Starting from County 129, you climb up a gravel road. It is named hot springs because that is exactly what you will run into throughout the ride. There are several different trails you can take in the area that will lead you to different hot springs.

Lower Bear Creek

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Lower Bear Creek is a 5-mile long trail that is ridden by intermediate riders. The trail runs for 4.8 miles one-way and is just 10k feet to Summit Park. This trail is ridden more as an out-and-back trail and is 9.6 miles in total. The trail intersects along the way with Elk Park Road.

Mad Creek/ Red Dirt Loop

Mad Creek Trail is an advanced trail that is only about 6 miles long. However, you can make a slight detour while on this trail to the wilderness boundary to see some beautiful sites. This trail hits several other popular trails on the way such as Saddle Trail, and Red Dirt. Many ventures off onto the secondary trails, but if you stay on the Mad Creek trail you run into a slim, fun, single-track descent that leads you back to the trailhead.

Mountain View Trail

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The Mountain View Trail runs for about 6 miles and is an advanced trail. It forms a junction with the Fish Creek Falls trail near Long Lake to Mount Werner and Steamboat Ski resort. It is true to its name as it has beautiful mountain views, and you can bike to some of the best highest-elevation mountain biking near Steamboat Springs. You can experience much of the trail over 10k feet while enjoying the views of the mountains.

Pear Lake Trail

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The Pearl Lake Trail begins at Pearl Lake State Park and runs about 7 miles one-way. It connects to several other trails in the area and can be combined into several different ride options.

Ridge Trail

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The Ridge Trail is an intermediate level trail that is about 5 miles long. It is one of the many trails that is located on Emerald Mountain. The trail is on the backside of the mountain and you are descending the majority of the trail.

Scotts Run/ Hinman Creek

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Scotts Run is an advanced trail that is overall about 15 miles long. It is a mixture of a single-track and a forest service road. You start on Seedhouse Road and go north to the Wyoming Trail, as it takes you through larges sections incline. The ascend down is gradual and should be fairly easy. You will eventually run into a small sign labeled Trail 1177, this is where the single-track starts again. There are some slower rocky sections throughout the trail so it is important to be alert

Soda Creek

Soda Creek is an intermediate trail that is roughly 1.5 miles long. It starts at the Dry Lake Campground. You should follow the sign that reads “service road” which will quickly turn into the singletrack. You will ride past gorgeous vies on the rocky, rooty trail, but if you want to experience the best view it is necessary to use trails that are a tad more tedious.

Spring Creek Trail

Spring Creek Trail is an intermediate trail that is about 5 miles long. It begins as a gravel road but within a few miles, it turns into an incredible single track. It climbs from town all the way to the trailhead near the Dry Lake Campground. Once turned around, the descent is quite fun, however, be careful and watch for traffic uphill, as this trail gets a lot of traffic. Some of the corners on the way down are gravel filled and loose so be aware of your surroundings.

Steamboat Ski Resort

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The Steamboat Ski Resort features a complex network of singletrack trails. There are different types of trails such as Bike park trails, Two-way multi-use trails, and a hiking-only trail. Bike trails are downhill only and require a lift ticket to ride. You can take your bike on the gondola to get to these trails. There is a variety of mountain biking trails in the close proximity of the resort. There are also new trails being made and found all the time. The Steamboat Bike Park trails are all previously mentioned.

Yampa River Trail

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The Yampa River Trail is a 4-mile trail that is for beginners. The trail is a paved greenway that runs along the Yampa River in Steamboat Springs. The greenway is accompanied by dirt singletrack that runs along most of the pavement and it also provides access to the Emerald Mountain trails and Steamboat Ski Resorts ski area.

Zig Zag

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The Zig-Zag trail is a 5-mile trail that is for intermediate. To get to the trail you must take the gondola up with your bike from steamboat resort. The trail starts down the Why Not trail, where it is a double track, road, and then single track down the mountain. There are a few sections of rolling short hills, berms, and switchbacks.

Mountain bikers who haven’t been to Steamboat have much to discover and enjoy during a visit here. Many other bikers and outdoor sports enthusiasts have already fallen in love with the many attractions and surrounding nature of the Routt county area. Tourists often camp outdoors or stay in one of the many vacation rentals available while visiting. Remember, these attractions aren’t reserved for seasoned bikers and adventurers alone! Anyone can come to Steamboat Springs and have a good time, both indoors and out.